While the entire world has gone at a halt due to the Corona virus pandemic that has froze down prominent economies, the United States embassy in Kampala has unleashed plans of repatriating their citizens from the landlocked Uganda.
In a statement issued last night at 20:00 hours (E.A.T) the embassy said they will schedule a chartered emergency flight slated for March, 25 (Wednesday) where interested American nationals will be flown back home. However, the embassy authorities say they will first involve the Ugandan government to revise their decision on closing Entebbe international airport. They further say they are chartering a Qatar airways plane to aid the entire process at a scheduled time on the pronounced date.
Uganda so far has one known Corona virus case of a 36 year old male national who was returning from a Dubai business trip. His situation remains under monitoring at the Entebbe Grade B hospital. On the other hand, the United States has a series of positive cases with several states like Iowa declaring lock downs to curb further spread of the virus. US epicenters like the New York city have declared an insufficiency in tools like masks which being used to protect the healthy. The New York mayor revealed that only 500,000 masks are available yet the city harbours millions of people.
US Embassy Kampala Full statement
UPDATE: For information about a possible flight option for American citizens interested in departing Uganda due to COVID-19 considerations, and for the latest on COVID-19 in Uganda, please see below:
On March 21 the Government of Uganda announced the closure of Entebbe International Airport effective 12:00 a.m. March 23 (midnight the night of March 22) as well as the closure of all land borders. The first case of COVID-19 in Uganda was confirmed on March 21.
The U.S. Embassy in Kampala has confirmed availability of seats on a commercial flight with Qatar Airways from Entebbe to Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, March 25 at a time to be determined by the airline. Please contact Qatar Airways directly at their website (https://www.qatarairways.com/en-us/homepage.html) to book this flight. This is not a U.S. government operated or funded flight. Availability and cancellations are controlled by Qatar Airways. Currently, this is the only remaining way to exit Uganda after March 22. The U.S. government is not evacuating U.S. citizens from Uganda. While an additional flight may be added depending on demand, at this time this is the only flight available. If you need to leave Uganda, consider booking this flight now. Qatar Airways has said the flight will be up on the website soon. The U.S. Embassy in Uganda is making this flight information available to potentially interested U.S. citizens and is liaising with the Ugandan government to allow the plane to land at and depart from Entebbe International Airport.
For additional information and specific information for U.S. citizens in Uganda please see our March 22 Health Alert: https://ug.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-kampala-march-22-2020/
On March 19 the U.S. Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the full Global Level 4 Health Advisory: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
For our Uganda COVID-19 information page visit: https://ug.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-page/
For updates from the Uganda Ministry of Health visit: https://twitter.com/MinofHealthUG
For information from CDC on COVID-19 visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov/